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Charlotte Hornets at Washington Wizards odds, picks and prediction

The Washington Wizards (17-28) are seeking their third straight win on Tuesday night when they host the Charlotte Hornets (23-22) at the Capital One Arena, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. ET.

Below, we analyze the Hornets-Wizards odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

Hornets at Wizards: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:30 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Hornets -155 (bet $155 to win $100) | Wizards +125 (bet $100 to win $125)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Hornets -3.5 (-110) | Wizards +3.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 229.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Hornets at Wizards: Key injuries

Hornets

  • SG Malik Monk (foot) probable
  • PG LaMelo Ball (wrist) out

Wizards

  • C Daniel Gafford (ankle) probable
  • SG Bradley Beal (hip) questionable
  • SF Davis Bertans (calf) out
  • PG Ish Smith (quadriceps) out

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Hornets at Wizards: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Hornets 116, Wizards 109

Money line (ML)

The Hornets are clearly not the same team without Ball leading at point guard, but they’ve still been competitive in his absence. Their only loss in the last four games came on Sunday against the Suns, a narrow 101-97 overtime defeat.

The Wizards have won two in a row against the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers, but they were just 1-7 in their previous eight. I like the HORNETS (-155) to win on the road tonight.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The Wizards will keep this one competitive so long as Beal is able to suit up. If he can’t go, the spread will move up from 3.5 points. If you want to get in on the 3.5-point margin now, only make a small wager because if Beal goes, Washington could very easily cover.

But if he can’t play, I like the HORNETS -3.5 (-110) to cover, so long as the line stays under 6 points.

Over/Under (O/U)

In the Hornets’ last 10 games, the total has only gone Over twice. They’re not as efficient offensively without Ball at the point, averaging 107.3 points per game in their last four without him.

The Wizards will be good for close to their season average of 114.8 PPG, but I still like the UNDER 229.5 (-110) here if the line remains around 230 points.

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